April 1, 2009
Digest No. 12

Announcements

Directory of Federal Funding Sources for Adult Education

Abt Associates has updated its Directory of Federal Funding Sources for Adult Education, which describes 49 federal programs in 10 agencies that allow expenditures for adult basic education services.  This information may be helpful in coordinating with other agencies on the stimulus funds.

CASAS Data Portal Provides Access to Adult Education Statistics

Use the Data Portal to search aggregate student performance data and compare local performance with state goals and performance. The portal’s WIA Title II database contains information regarding California’s funded programs. Visit the data portal to compare your agency data with California state goals and performance and performance of other local agencies, counties, geographical regions, provider types, and enrollment size.

CASAS eTests ® Version 3.0 Introduces New Features

CASAS eTests include the ability to assign test series to specific programs and classes. To help agencies make the most of this electronic testing tool and all the new functions in Version 3.0, CASAS is offering one hour “open” workshops every Monday at 11:00 am. Contact Dawn Montgomery to discuss your specific needs and reserve a date. If you would like to learn more about CASAS eTests or the release of Version 3.0, contact Carol Farrell.

Budget Information Now on Budget Forum

The Adult Education Office at the CA Department of Education will be posting answers to budget questions on the new Budget Forum. Agencies are encouraged to add information about their budgets as it becomes available. This will help provide a statewide picture of changes to adult education.

News

OVAE Releases FY 09 State Allocations

OVAE has posted the state allocations for federal adult education funds, based on new data. California will receive almost $4 million more this year than last year.

ED Announces Plans for ARRA Funding

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently announced that $44 billion in stimulus funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will be available to states in the next 30 to 45 days. Guidelines are posted. By the end of March, governors will be able to apply for 67 percent of their State Fiscal Stabilization Funds (SFSF) allocations, out of a funding package totaling $48.6 billion. (from OVAE Thursday Notes)

WIA I Funds Available Soon

Information has been collected by the Adult Education Office at CDE about the distribution of WIA I dollars, and how adult education programs can get connected.

Interactive National Map of Unemployment

The New York Times has posted a map that shows the unemployment rate for each county in the US. See your county and compare to other counties in your region..

U.S. Considers Streamlining CTE 'A-G' Course Certification

School Innovations & Advocacy reports that the University of California will consider a proposal to streamline approval of career technical education course work to meet UC admission requirements.

Online Advocacy Toolkit

The National Coalition for Literacy (NCL), a national leadership organization dedicated to advancing adult education in the United States, announces the launch of its new online Advocacy Clearinghouse and Toolkit . Containing dozens of resources, facts, and reports provided by member organizations of the NCL, the Advocacy Clearinghouse and Toolkit is a "one-stop shop" for all advocates interested in improving adult education, supported by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Professional Development

Winter California Workforce Investment Act Title II Consortium

A Video Presentation is now available to view or download. The presentation focuses on the 2007–08 data and how you can use it for agency assessment, problem solving, reflection and improvement.  Debra Jones, Administrator of the California Department of Education, Adult Education Office, presents key performance data from the California WIA Title II program as it relates to student success. A panel consisting of Cherise Moore (Burbank), Carol Hirota (Stockton), and Susan Handy (Bakersfield) discuss producing quality programs at their respective agencies given these challenging fiscal times. The panel addresses strategies to improve student performance reflected on the federal tables, offers suggestions on how to make the best use of limited resources, and discusses recent performance trends in the adult education programs.  You can pause the video at any time to download the presentation slides for further study. 

Professional Development for New ESL and ABE Instructors

CALPRO offers two self-directed  online courses for new ESL instructors and new ABE teachers. Visit CALPRO’s Online Courses Web page to find out how these flexible, self-paced classes work.  On the Course descriptions page you can get an overview of course content by clicking on the course titles, Orientation for New ESL Teachers and Orientation for New ABE Teachers.  Registration for both classes  available year-round.

Online Workshops from OTAN for April

Learn how to post your own podcast, or how to use many useful search strategies on  Google. These and other online workshops are available in April. Register using the California Adult Education Training Calendar.

DHS Releases ESL, Citizenship, Civics Guide

The Department of Homeland Security has just posted a new start-up guide Expanding ESL, Citizenship and Civics Education in Your Community.

Did you know?

California School Information Services (CSIS) ID

You can enter a learner’s CSIS ID into TOPSpro®. The K-12 system uses this identifier to uniquely and consistently distinguish individual student data over an entire K-12 academic career. If you need to provide this ID for any reason, you may enter it into TOPSpro by going to the individual Student Record, selecting the Additional Information tab, and typing the ten digit number in the CSIS ID field.  

Put Your
Slides Online

Learn how to put your PowerPoint slides online so that you can access them and show them from anywhere. It’s easy, and it’s free.

CALPRO Offers Online Tools for Continuous Process Improvement

The CALPRO Web site features a number of online tools adult educators can use for continuous process improvement. Two examples are the Management and Instructor Competencies.  Formatted as easy-to-use checklists, these nationally validated competencies help administrators and instructors manage their skills and plan for professional development.  Another online tool is the Programs of Excellence Components and Quality Indicators. This document is an assessment and review tool that administrators and staff can use to identify the strengths of their programs and the areas needing attention.

"Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know. "
— Daniel J. Boorstin

These items are for information only. CASAS, OTAN and CALPRO items are supported by CDE.